Anyhow, John and I was so excited about our tour but when we tried to locate the gathering spot (at the "East Gate Parking Lot",) we got lost. Long story short, we eventually found the gathering spot for our tour, and it was way past our scheduled meeting time.
This was what we were looking for - "Cheong Wa Dae Tour" information booth and gathering place.
The lady at the counter of the Tour information center almost freaked out when she saw that we missed our appointment time. She then asked a guy in suit (secret service?) a bunch of questions, and long story short, we were given our visitor badges and guided onto a bus!
We picked a couple seats at the front of the bus and waited.
After a short bus ride we arrived at the outside gate of Cheong Wa Dae. Apparently John and I were the only foreigners on this tour. We were each given a gift!
Gift from Cheong Wa Dae.
Before everyone was allowed into the buildings we went through the security.
Oh! May I also say, at this point I noticed the secret service guys were all very tall and good-looking. (!)
And then we were all prepped and ready for the actual tour!